Friday, March 18, 2011

Perfume of the Lady in Black and Antonioni's I Vinti coming from Raro Video

Challenging the linear narrative by weaving multiple story lines and exploring a directorial style way ahead of his time, Director Michelangelo Antonioni’s unique triptych film I VINTI, features three murders, one taking place in Paris, another in Rome, and another in London. All of the perpetrators are affluent youths, each killing for dubious motives. In the France segment, a group of adolescents kill for money, even though they don’t need it; in the London segment, a poet uncovers a woman’s body and tries to profit from the discovery; and in the Italian segment, a student becomes caught up in a smuggling ring, with deadly results. With elements that serve as a precursor to Blowup, Antonioni explores how modern society can produce nihilistic tendencies in the least likely characters.

RaroVideo U.S.’s restored version of Antonioni’s I VINTI, one of the director’s final masterpieces will arrive on DVD for the first time ever on March 29.  The extensive DVD extras include an exclusive rare short film by Michelangelo Antonioni entitled, Tentato suicidio and an 8-page booklet containing critical analysis of the genesis of the film.

-The first draft of the story/film script for I Vinti by the writers of I Vinti: Michelangelo Antonioni
-Giorgio Bassani and Suso Cecchi d’Amico published by the film magazine “Cinema” 7/25/1954
-A developed and revised final story - the original screenplay of the three episodes obtained from the Bologna Cinemateque
-A Critical Anthology of the film that includes an analysis of the film, and a collection of different critiques of the movie
-The original exclusive, un-cut and elongated version of the Italian Episode from the film that was presented at the Venice Film Festival
-An interview with the producer, Turi Vasile, an interview with one of the protagonist, Franco Interlenghi.
-An exclusive rare short film by Michelangelo Antonioni entitled, Tentato suicidio,
22 Minutes, 1953.
-An 8 page booklet containing critical analysis of the genesis of the film

RaroVideo U.S. has also just released THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK on DVD March 15. Director Francesco Barilli’s hallucinatory horror-thriller stars Mimsy Farmer who portrays Sylvia, a chemist who begins to suffer from strange visions; a mysterious woman in black applying perfume in a mirror appears to her and strangers follow her everywhere she goes. Barilli’s psychological investigation into the workings of the mind becomes apparent when it is revealed that as a child, Sylvia committed a horrible crime. The slow progression from successful scientist to a woman on the verge of insanity shows an in-depth look at the intricacies of the haunted mind. This is a remarkable film, weaving reality, fantasy and memory into an almost seamless fabric. It is one of the best examples ever of an Italian horror genre film and one of the finest studies of psychosis and madness ever filmed.

-Documentary “Portrait in Black”
-Director’s Biography
-Director’s Filmography

Federico Fellini's The Clowns and The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection are available now from RaroVideo U.S. The label will continue to spotlight the works of major Italian directors this year with plans to release Pasolini’s The Anger (La Rabbia) and Carmelo Bene’s Our Lady of the Turks (Nostra signora dei Turchi). 


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